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"Everytime"
Single by Britney Spears
from the album In the Zone
B-side "Don't Hang Up"
"Breathe on Me" (Live)
Released May 17, 2004 (2004-05-17)
(see release history)
Format CD single, 12" single, digital download
Recorded 2002[1]
Genre Soft rock, Pop ballad
Length 3:53
Label Jive
Writer(s) Britney Spears, Annette Artani
Producer Guy Sigsworth and Britney Spears (on piano)
Certification Gold (RIAA, ARIA, Norway, Sweden)
Silver (UK, France)
Britney Spears singles chronology
"Toxic"
(2003)
"Everytime"
(2004)
"Outrageous"
(2004)
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"Everytime" is a song by pop singer-songwriter Britney Spears from her fourth studio album, In the Zone. It was released on May 17, 2004 by Jive Records as the third single from the album. The song was written by Spears and her Dream Within a Dream Tour background vocalist Annette Artani in 2001. Produced by Guy Sigsworth, the song is a tragic ballad.

The track was a big success and topped the music charts in several countries, including Australia, Ireland and the UK, while reaching top ten positions in eleven countries. The controversial music video was directed by David LaChapelle.

Contents

Music and lyrics

In her 2003 interview with Diane Sawyer, "Who is the song for?" Spears stated, "I'll let the song speak for itself." The song is composed in Eb Major and Spears' vocal range spans from Ab3 - Eb5. [2]

Music video

The controversial music video for Everytime was directed by David LaChapelle. The video begins with Spears and her boyfriend (played by Stephen Dorff) in a limo. They arrive at a hotel where the paparazzi are awaiting. Spears is hit in the head with a camera, but keeps walking. When in the lobby, Spears' boyfriend begins throwing some magazines around and pushing photographers. Spears and her beau are escorted out of the room and are taken into hallways which lead them to her room. They have a fight in which her boyfriend throws a vase at the wall. He leaves and Spears goes to the bathroom. She hits the mirror with the glass. Spears begins filling her bathtub and removing her clothes. As she lies in the bathtub, she realizes she's bleeding from the head, suffering a concussion from when she was hit in the head with a paparazzi's cameras. She loses consciousness in the tub and starts to drown. Later, her beau finds her. He tries to revive her and calls rescue. Unconscious, Spears follows her body to the hospital, not before being shown running towards the camera away from a bright light -- a scene often associated with the transition into afterlife. She is also seen walking into a nearby hospital room where a baby girl is being born, implying reincarnation. Near the end of the video, Spears is seen running away from the camera and towards the light -- symbolizing a fear of staying on Earth and an embrace of death. Following these scenes, Spears is shown rising from under the water in the bathtub and resting her head and smiling, implying that the entire scenario was just a morbid fantasy of hers. This was added to perhaps lessen the severity and controversy of the explicit content of the video.

The video was at number one on MTV's Total Request Live countdown for six days, and it also reached number three on both VH1's Top 20 Countdown and MuchMusic's Countdown.

The video was #2 on MuchMusic's 50 Most Controversial Videos for the blood, partial nudity, and graphic scenes.

In the bath scene, Spears is seen wearing the red string worn by members of the Kabbalah Centre. This comes months after Spears was introduced to Kabbalah by Madonna. The red string was often mistaken for bloody wrists in a suicide attempt.

An alternate version of the video is shown is featured on Greatest Hits: My Prerogative (DVD). In this version of the video, Spears is seen in front of the bright light, singing.

An official remix video used the "Dr. Octavo Translucent Club Mixshow Edit" was also released.

Live performances

Spears performed the song on Saturday Night Live in 2003. She later performed the song on Top Of The Pops and on her In The Zone Special that aired on ABC. The song was further promoted through the Onyx Hotel Tour and The Circus Starring: Britney Spears Tour.

Covers

This song has been covered by Glen Hansard and Colm Mac Con Iomaire, members of the band The Frames. It was recorded for the "Today FM" CD titled Even Better than the Real Thing Vol. 2 (out of Ireland) which also included a cover of Britney Spears' "Everytime." The melody of Pachebels' "Canon in D" is played at the end of the cover. Taiwanese Mandopop trio S.H.E. covered the song in Mandarin for their album Encore, retitled as Bie Shuo Dui Bu Qi (別說對不起; Don't Say Sorry). However, their version is sometimes considered to be a rendition as opposed to a cover version, since its lyrics are completely different and it only takes on the melody of "Everytime". Also, this song has been covered in the chilean TV show BKN, by the singer and actress Vanessa Aguilera, and it was included in the CD soundtrack of the second season. "Everytime" was also covered by heavy metal band Yashin, and appears on their album titled "Put Your Hands Where I Can See Them"

Formats and track listings

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "Everytime".

UK CD single (82876 626202)

  1. "Everytime" — 3:53
  2. "Everytime" [Hi-Bias Radio Remix] — 3:29
  3. "Everytime" [Above & Beyond Radio Mix] — 3:47
  4. "Everytime" [The Scumfrog Vocal Mix] — 9:53

UK DVD single (82876 626209)

  1. "Everytime" Video 04.04
  2. "Breathe on Me" Live From "Britney Spears: UK Special" Video

UK 12" vinyl (82876 626201)

  • Side A:
  1. "Everytime" [Hi-Bias Radio Remix] — 3:29
  2. "Everytime" [Above & Beyond Radio Mix] — 3:47
  • Side B:
  1. "Everytime" [The Scumfrog Vocal Mix] — 9:53

Europe CD 1 (82876 615572)

  1. "Everytime" — 3:53
  2. "Everytime" [Hi-Bias Radio Remix] — 3:29
  3. "Everytime" [Above & Beyond Radio Mix] — 3:47
  4. "Everytime" [The Scumfrog Vocal Mix] — 9:53

iTunes Remixes EP[3]

  1. "Everytime" [The Scumfrog Vocal Mix] - 9:53
  2. "Everytime" [Valentin Remix] - 3:28
  3. "Everytime" [Above & Beyond's Club Mix] - 8:46
  4. "Everytime" [Dr. Octavo's Transculent Mixhsow Edit] - 5:18

Europe limited edition CD 2 (82876 647342)

  1. "Everytime" — 3:53
  2. "Everytime" [Hi-Bias Radio Remix] — 3:29
  3. "Everytime" [Above & Beyond Radio Mix] — 3:47
  4. "Don't Hang Up" — 4:02

Japan CD single (BVCQ-29603)

  1. "Everytime" — 3:53
  2. "Everytime" [Hi-Bias Radio Remix] — 3:29
  3. "Everytime" [Above & Beyond Radio Mix] — 3:47
  4. "Everytime" [The Scumfrog Vocal Mix] — 9:53

U.S. promo CD (JDJ-605202)

  1. "Everytime" — 3:53

U.S. 12" vinyl (JDAB-624871)

  • Side A:
  1. "Everytime" [The Scumfrog Vocal Mix] — 9:53
  2. "Everytime" [Valentin Remix] — 3:25
  • Side B:
  1. "Everytime" [Above & Beyond's Club Mix] — 8:46
  2. "Everytime" [Dr. Octavo's Translucent Mixshow Edit] — 5:15
The Singles Collection Boxset Single
  1. "Everytime" — 3:53
  2. "Everytime" [Above & Beyond Club Mix] — 8:46

Remixes

  • Main Version 3:53
  • Video Version 4:01
  • Above & Beyond Club Mix 8:20
  • Above & Beyond Radio Mix 3:50
  • Bermudez & Harris Radio Mix / Top 40 Mix - Unreleased
  • Dr.Octavo's Lucid Remix - Unreleased
  • Dr.Octavo Translucent Club Mixshow Edit 5:15
  • Dr.Octavo Translucent Remix 4:20
  • Hi-Bias Radio Remix 3:31
  • The Scumfrog's Vocal Mix 9:54
  • The Scumfrog's Haunted Dub 8:22
  • The Worldwide Corporation Ambient Remix - Unreleased
  • Valentin Remix 3:24
  • Valentin Mixhow Edit 5:33
  • Victor Calderone Club Mix - Unreleased

Awards

Year Ceremony Award Result
2005 Groovevolt Awards Best Song Performance by a Female Artist Won

Release history

Country Record label Release format Catalog no. Release date
Germany[4] Zomba Label Group CD single 82876624762 May 17, 2004
United States[5] Jive Records CD single 62487 May 25, 2004
Japan[6] BMG International CD single 29603 May 31, 2004
United Kingdom[7] BMG International CD single 62620 June 14, 2004
Australia[8] BMG International CD single 82876615572 June 21, 2004

Chart performance

"Everytime" peaked at number fifteen for four consecutive weeks on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 thanks to its top twenty placement on the Hot 100 Airplay. It also reached the top ten on the Hot Digital Tracks chart and Top 40 Mainstream chart. It remained on the Hot 100 for eighteen weeks, was certified gold by the RIAA for shipments of over 500,000 copies and ranked at number eighty-three on the Billboard Hot 100 year-end chart for 2004. It reached number one in the UK, where it stayed in the top forty for eleven weeks, sold 196,000 copies and ranked eighteenth on the 2004 year-end charts. To date, it is her last number-one single in the UK.

Following the worldwide successes of both "Me Against the Music" and "Toxic", "Everytime" followed the trend of making top five placement in nearly every country it charted in. In Australia "Everytime" became Spears' third consecutive number-one single, and also received an ARIA gold certification for shipments of over 35,000 units, but only stayed in the charts for 4 weeks (1, 2, 18, 29) due to the limited number of pressings for the single.

In Canada, "Everytime" became Spears' longest-charting single with forty-six weeks in the top fifty and peaked at number one a week following its debut. The CRIA awarded the track a platinum single certification for shipments of over 10,000 units. It was placed at number sixteen on 2004's year-end list of the best-selling singles.

In Latin America, the song charted inside the top five in most countries, not achieving the same amount of success as its predecessor, "Toxic", but still, the song reached number nine on the Latin American Top 40 Singles Chart spending four non-consecutive weeks inside the top ten and sixteen weeks overall.

In Italy, "Everytime" was released as the second single from her Greatest Hits: My Prerogative album due to the long chart-running of "Toxic" in the country. The single was only released as a video one: no CD single or radio airplay was available, so the song could only chart on video charts.

Charts
Chart (2004)[9][10] Peak
position
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 1
Austrian Singles Chart 4
Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders) 4
Belgian Singles Chart (Wallonia) 5
Canadian Singles Chart[11] 2
Danish Singles Chart 5
Dutch Top 40 4
Finnish Singles Chart 18
French Singles Chart 2
German Singles Chart 4
Irish Singles Chart 1
Norwegian Singles Chart 3
Romanian Singles Chart[12] 10
Russian Airplay Chart 30
Swedish Singles Chart 3
Swiss Singles Chart 6
UK Singles Chart 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[11] 15
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play[11] 17
Annual charts
Country Position
Austria[13] 12
Australia[14] 72
France[15] 64
Germany [16] 20
Israel[17] 10
Sweden[18] 8
Switzerland[19] 18
United Kingdom[20] 18
United States[21] 83
Certifications
Country Certification Sales/shipments[22]
Australia[23] Gold 35,000
France[24] Silver 125,000
Norway[25] Gold 5,000
Sweden[26] Gold 10,000
United Kingdom[27] Silver 275,000
United States[28] Gold 500,000

Chart procession and succession

Preceded by
"The Langer" by Tim O'Riordan and Natural Gas
Irish Singles Chart number-one single
June 17, 2004 – July 15, 2004
Succeeded by
"Dry Your Eyes" by Streets
Preceded by
"I Don't Wanna Know" by Mario Winans
UK Singles Chart number-one single
June 20, 2004
Succeeded by
"Obviously" by McFly
Preceded by
"F.U.R.B. (Fuck You Right Back)" by Frankee
Australian ARIA Singles Chart number-one single
June 27, 2004
Succeeded by
"F.U.R.B. (Fuck You Right Back)" by Frankee

Footnotes

  1. ^ http://www.faqs.org/copyright/clairol-herbal-essences-is-proud-to-present-britney-spears-2/
  2. ^ http://www.musicnotes.com/sheetmusic/mtd.asp?ppn=MN0046992
  3. ^ http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/everytime-ep/id264525375
  4. ^ Billboard magazine (May 17, 2004). "Australian Release". billboard.com. http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/discography/index.jsp?pid=290150&aid=685385. Retrieved 2008-10-21. 
  5. ^ Billboard magazine (May 25, 2004). "American Release". billboard.com. http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/discography/index.jsp?pid=290150&aid=635810. Retrieved 2008-10-21. 
  6. ^ Billboard magazine (May 31, 2004). "British Release". billboard.com. http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/discography/index.jsp?pid=290150&aid=884693. Retrieved 2008-10-21. 
  7. ^ Billboard magazine (June 8, 2004). "British Release". billboard.com. http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/discography/index.jsp?pid=290150&aid=635989. Retrieved 2008-10-21. 
  8. ^ ARIA Charts (June 21, 2004). "Australian Release". ARIA. http://pandora.nla.gov.au/pan/23790/20040707-0000/issue747.pdf. Retrieved 2009-11-15. 
  9. ^ Hit Parade (2004). "European charts". hitparade.ch. http://hitparade.ch/showitem.asp?key=6121&cat=s. Retrieved 2008-10-20. 
  10. ^ "Britney Spears – Everytime – Music Charts". αCharts.us. http://acharts.us/song/479. Retrieved 2009-05-30. 
  11. ^ a b c Allmusic (2004). "Billboard charts". allmusic.com. http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:kpfuxq9jldte~T51. Retrieved 2008-10-20. 
  12. ^ Romanian Top 100
  13. ^ Austrian charts (2004). "Austrian annual chart". http://www.austriancharts.at/2004_single.asp. Retrieved 2008-10-20. 
  14. ^ Australian Recording Industry Association (2004). "ARIA charts — End of year charts". aria.com.au. http://www.aria.com.au/pages/aria-charts-end-of-year-charts-top-100-singles-2004.htm. Retrieved 2008-10-20. 
  15. ^ Syndicat national de l'édition phonographique (2004). "Le Classement Singles". disqueenfrance.com. http://www.ifop.com/europe/sondages/discannu/single04.stm. Retrieved 2008-10-20. 
  16. ^ http://www.mtv.de/charts/Single_Jahrescharts_2004
  17. ^ Galgalatz (2004). "Israel annual chart". http://192.117.152.67/glz/music/annualchart/A895AFA355BB4E22847EA5BEAAA4DDC7.htm. Retrieved 2008-10-20. 
  18. ^ Hit Listan (2004). "Årslista Singlar (Search)". hitlistan.se. http://www.hitlistan.se/. Retrieved 2008-10-20. 
  19. ^ Hit Parade (2004). "Swiss annual chart". swisscharts.com. http://swisscharts.com/year.asp?key=2004. Retrieved 2008-10-20. 
  20. ^ British Phonographic Industry (2004). "U.K. annual chart". bpi.co.uk. http://www.bpi.co.uk/pdf/BestSellingSingles01-05.pdf. Retrieved 2008-10-20. 
  21. ^ Billboard magazine (December 31, 2004). "Billboard Hot 100 — year-end chart". billboard.com. http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/esearch/chart_display.jsp?cfi=411&cfgn=Year-end+Singles&cfn=The+Billboard+Hot+100&ci=3077199&cdi=9011469&cid=12%2F31%2F2004. Retrieved 2008-10-20. 
  22. ^ Recording Industry Association of Japan (2005). "Standard for Certifying Awards of Countries". riaj.or.jp. http://www.riaj.or.jp/e/issue/pdf/RIAJ2005E.pdf. Retrieved 2008-10-20. 
  23. ^ Australian Recording Industry Association (2004). "Australian certification". aria.com.au. http://www.aria.com.au/pages/aria-charts-accreditations-singles-2004.htm. Retrieved 2008-10-20. 
  24. ^ Syndicat national de l'édition phonographique (2005). "French certification". chartsinfrance.net. http://www.chartsinfrance.net/certifications/artiste-152.htm. Retrieved 2008-10-20. 
  25. ^ International Federation of the Phonographic Industry — Norway (2004). "Norwegian certification". ifpi.se. http://www.ifpi.no/sok/index_trofe.htm. Retrieved 2008-10-20. 
  26. ^ International Federation of the Phonographic Industry — Sweden (2004). "Swedish certification". ifpi.se. http://d12753932.u160.foretag.surftown.se/wp-content/uploads/ar-2004.pdf. Retrieved 2008-10-20. 
  27. ^ Music Week — Subscription Required (2004). ""Everytime" sales". http://www.musicweek.com/. Retrieved 2008-10-20. 
  28. ^ Recording Industry Association of America (November 18, 2004). "U.S. certification". riaa.com. http://www.riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php?resultpage=1&table=SEARCH_RESULTS&action=&title=everytime&artist=spears&format=&debutLP=&category=&sex=&releaseDate=&requestNo=&type=&level=&label=&company=&certificationDate=&awardDescription=&catalogNo=&aSex=&rec_id=&charField=&gold=&platinum=&multiPlat=&level2=&certDate=&album=&id=&after=&before=&startMonth=1&endMonth=1&startYear=1958&endYear=2008&sort=Artist&perPage=25. Retrieved 2008-10-20. 

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